Today, there are nearly 22,000 young adults in Indiana who have experienced foster care as teens, a number that rivals the population of most Indiana cities. Sadly, life outcomes for these young people are often tragic, as many must enter adulthood on their own while dealing with the lingering effects of trauma. But foster youth are a portrait of determination and resilience. When given some of the same supports other youth receive from a family, our young people show incredible leadership, hope, and achievement.
Since 2008, Foster Success has empowered thousands of Indiana foster youth to make successful transitions to adulthood. Our programs have distributed millions of dollars in financial aid for youth in college and career training, helped youth save and invest hundreds of thousands toward the purchase of their first cars, apartments, and engaged current and former foster youth in reforming the state’s child welfare system.
A prolonged cost to Hoosier youth, families, cities, and towns
Communities suffer too. Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative estimates that every foster child who does not successfully transition to adulthood costs the state $300,000 due to higher rates of unemployment, unplanned pregnancy, criminal conviction, and public assistance — totaling $150 million annually in Indiana alone.
Indiana has experienced the single largest increase in the country in the number of youth entering foster care, with a surge of 60% since 2012 and 17% from 2015 to 2016 alone.